Teddy Zee is one of the most visible champions of Asians in Hollywood. The films Zee produced and supervised have amassed over $2.5 billion in revenue. He served as Executive Vice President at Columbia Pictures, Senior Vice President at Paramount Pictures, President of Sony-based Overbrook Films, President of Fox-based Davis Entertainment, and now under the banner of Teddy Zee Productions. In addition to film and entertainment, Zee has built an active consulting and advisory practice that that spans media, technology and commerce while bridging Hollywood with China and Asia.
Teddy is a long-time mentor for SparkLabs Korea and an Advisory Board member for the SparkLabs IoT & Smart City accelerator. He also serves an Advisor for Channel Factory, an ad tech start-up that helps brands and content owners reach, build and engage target audiences; Advisor for ThinOptics, a startup that delivers lightweight and durable reading glasses that store on the back of smartphone cases; Advisor for mobile app template developer Veam; and an Advisor for Ooyala, a leading online video platform company acquired by Telstra. Zee served as Head of Creative, Mobile Technologies Division for Rambus. They acquired Silicon Valley interactive media start-up Mozaik Multimedia, where Zee held the post of Chief Creative Officer.
Zee was Executive Producer of Pursuit of Happyness, a Columbia Pictures film featuring Will Smith that earned $300 million in worldwide ticket sales. Zee produced West 32nd for Korea’s CJ Entertainment. The movie was selected for World Narrative Competition at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Zee produced Hitch, a Columbia Pictures release that earned over $365 million in worldwide box office sales. He also produced Saving Face starring Joan Chen, an official selection for the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals. As President of Davis Entertainment, Zee was the Executive Producer of Life or Something Like It, a New Regency release starring Angelina Jolie. Zee was executive producer of the Asian Excellence Awards that was broadcast on E! and AZN-TV to 100 million homes in the US.
As Executive Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures, Zee oversaw such films as Anaconda, Cable Guy, Devil’s Own, First Knight, Fools Rush In, Hero, Mo Money, My Girl, and Sleepwalkers. Charlie’s Angels grossed $264 million worldwide and spawned a sequel. Zee championed Chow Yun Fat’s Hollywood debut in Replacement Killers. As Senior VP of Productions at Paramount Pictures, he shepherded such films as Cousins, Indecent Proposal, Presidio and Star Trek VI.
Zee earned an MBA from Harvard University and a BS from Cornell University. He is a member of: Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (Oscars), Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmys) and Producers Guild of America. With Committee of 100, he co-founded the Leadership and Mentoring Program.